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Cowboys Draft: Underrated Team Needs for 2019

The are in good shape heading into the . For 30 teams in the league, the has already begun and it's time to improve those rosters. Naturally, this means months of discussing how the team should approach and each of the draft picks they own await us. Today, we won't be talking about the Dallas Cowboys top needs, though. Instead, let's take a look at three positions in which the Cowboys will need help, but that many are underrating.

Of course, these are positions the won't be looking to prioritize but that could use help in the later rounds of the 2019 Draft.

Let's get to it.

Brett Maher


's story in Dallas was actually pretty interesting. It began with the of one of the greatest Cowboys in team . After an amazing career wearing , 's injury and signs of regression cost him his job. Enter Maher, who had yet to make a kick in the NFL. He had spent most of his career in the CFL and his time in the NFL was limited to and offseason action only.

After missing his first attempt for the Cowboys in week 1, the 29-year old went on a hot streak, nailing 15 consecutive attempts. Since then he missed seven field goals (including ), scoring in only 68% of his kicks. Certainly, the Cowboys shouldn't be comfortable going into 2019 with Maher as the kicker.

Sure, they could be okay with him, but they could also do a lot better. I wouldn't be surprised if they decide to draft a kicker on Day 3 of the 2019 . Before you pick up your torches after my “draft a kicker” suggestion, think about how many seventh rounders actually make the . If a quality prospect for the job is there, take him.

Offensive Tackle

La'el Collins had a rough 2018. Although he did improve as the season went on (specifically once took over as OL coach), he probably didn't do enough to lock up a . Collins' contract expires in 2019. The Cowboys are set to have a lot of cap space at their disposal, but their priorities will likely be somewhere else rather than in extending Collins. Drafting a young talent to develop him for the future should be an option for the front office.

Plus, they could use the depth. 's play has suffered as much as the longtime left has suffered . We've seen how much the unit struggles when he's out. would definitely appreciate a decent backup.

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Yes, I'm aware of who Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch are. In fact, they're undoubtedly one of the best duos in the entire NFL. However, I'm also aware that will be 33 years old next season and that he's a candidate to be a cap casualty. And even if he isn't, he likely won't be around for the 2020 season.

The Cowboys count with some interesting names on the linebacker's , but I'd definitely consider drafting one if he's the best player on the board on Day 3. One of the biggest problems for the team on the playoffs versus the Rams was the linebackers. The Champion's exhausted the Cowboys' front seven as they managed to control the time of possession and wreck the .

Mauricio Rodriguez
Mauricio Rodriguez
I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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